Helena Farrell Shares Cautionary Tale of One Woman’s Choices in Life and Love
Marcia Temple is a beautiful, sensuous suburban wife who always gets what she wants. But when she enters into the treacherous, unsettling territory of her 40s, she comes undone by what she sees as an unfulfilled life. During a minor breakdown at an appointment with her gynecologist, she is nonchalantly told, “Go ahead and have a fling. It will make you feel better.” In spite of the good life that she shares with a fine husband and devoted friends, Marcia embarks, with this permission, on 20 years of uncertainty filled with lust, glamour and infidelity.
Her accomplice is Kamil, a sexy, married Middle Eastern man who is almost eight years her junior. As the creative designer and owner of an upscale jewelry salon in Manhattan, Kamil is known to party, drink and throw wild bashes and the two are almost instantly attracted to one another, resisting at first and being drawn magnetically back.
Soon after starting their deep and dangerous love affair, Marcia is hired to work at Kamil’s jewelry salon and quickly becomes the top salesperson. Their sexual relationship is intensified and Marcia begins to share not only his bed, but the glamorous, wild life he leads. Feeling that her heart has come alive with Kamil, they forge a six-year sexual bond before Marcia can no longer withstand her secure married life and divorces her second husband, David.
But the love and passion turn to pain and betrayal, and a forlorn Marcia seeks escape in therapy, other lovers, and a wanderlust that takes her from coast to coast to no avail. It is only now, 15 years later, that she can piece together the perplexing, wild puzzle of her enduring relationship with Kamil. She shares the thoughts of her healing heart in this confessional tale.
Part passionate memoir of scandal and part cautionary tale, “The Longest Goodbye” tells Marcia’s story in her own words and will have readers rapt until the very last page.
Helena Farrell is a produced screenwriter and playwright for the original, off-Broadway romantic comedy, “Room for Rent,” among others. She is an active member of the Dramatist Guild of America. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey and is completing her doctorate in letters at Drew University. Farrell currently resides in Glen Rock, N.J. with her husband and has three adult sons, four stepchildren and 13 grandchildren. “The Longest Goodbye” is her first published novel, and she has recently completed a memoir titled “A Hole in One,” to be released soon.
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